Blood, fire, earth, water and her own body - Ana Mendieta's
poetic and striking works from the 1970s and 1980s are a delicate
balancing act between vulnerability and strength. Bildmuseet
presents her captivating oeuvre through 21 films as well as a
selection of photographs, graphic works and objects. Ana
Mendieta / Covered in Time and History at Bildmuseet is the
largest presentation of Mendieta's artistry shown in Sweden to
During her brief career, Anna Mendieta (1948-1985) was astoundingly prolific.
Gender and identity were recurring themes in her art, as well as metaphors for life and death, trauma and exile. She was influenced by many of the movements of her day - earth art, conceptual art, performance and feminism - but her particular merging of art forms stands as a unique and innovative artistic expression.
Ana Mendieta (1948-1985) grew up in Cuba and in the United States. After studying art in Iowa, she moved to New York, where she was active until her untimely death at the age of 36. Following her death, Ana Mendieta's artistry was presented in solo shows around the world, including exhibitions at the Whitney Museum, New York; Tapiés Foundation, Barcelona; Hayward Gallery, London; and Berkeley Art Museum.
Her work has also been displayed in important group shows such as WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Haunted: Contemporary Photography / Video / Performance, Guggenheim, New York; Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and A Bigger Splash: Painting After Performance, Tate Modern, London.
Ana Mendieta / Covered in Time and History at Bildmuseet is an extended version of an exhibition produced by the Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota. For Bildmuseet, we have supplemented it with works from The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection and Galerie Lelong, New York/Paris. Our thanks to Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.